May 2, 2012

Cinderella: Part I

(an area of my painting palette)

(a close-up of the top area I worked on)

I've begun work on Cinderella. I am painting in the blurry background and it's very nice to work so loosely. It will be a nice contrast in the finished painting with the sharp foreground. 
This year at the Tulip Festival, there were a lot of these ball-shaped tulips that opened up to look like peonies. The closed buds made me think of a ball, which made me think of a dance/ball which made me think of Cinderella, thus the title. 
There is a lot going on in this painting and all of the narrow and wide brushstrokes catching the light at different angles feels right. That to me is when the surface comes alive and that is one reason I enjoy being a painter. 

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